June 21, 2022

Pot Luck Surprise! The Highs and Lows of Weed in Thailand [S5.E66]

Pot Luck Surprise! The Highs and Lows of Weed in Thailand [S5.E66]

Greg and Ed discuss the recent decriminalization of cannabis in Thailand, the recent changes around town it’s caused, and whether or not they think it will last.  First, Ed does a quick interview with our resident Weed Expert, Kitty Chopaka,...


Greg and Ed discuss the recent decriminalization of cannabis in Thailand, the recent changes around town it’s caused, and whether or not they think it will last. 

First, Ed does a quick interview with our resident Weed Expert, Kitty Chopaka, who is both a ‘ganjapreneur’ and social activist. Kitty explains that the current situation is somewhat of a ‘technical foul,’ as the cannabis plant itself was delisted as a narcotic with the intent for it to be regulated by a new law, but that new law is still being debated in parliament. Hence, for the time being, all parts of the cannabis plant itself, including high THC flowers, is untouched by the law, sparking cannabis shops to pop up around town and online. 

Kitty talks about where she thinks (and hopes) the law will end up and warns about the dangers of misuse during this interim period that could cause the conservative authorities to panic and re-tighten things up. In the meantime, if you have the desire, you can check out Kitty’s shop Chopaka near the corner of Sukhumvit and Asoke.

Greg and Ed discuss what this change could mean for Thailand in general and the future of tourism. The guys also discuss what it means for people - like Greg - who don’t smoke cannabis, and the short answer is ‘not much,’ unless possibly Greg’s creaking bones could benefit from some low-THC cannabis products in the future.

In a special bonus, Greg has a quick chat with his mother-in-law who waxes nostalgically about her childhood when cannabis plants were common in neighborhood gardens and traditional Thai dishes. 

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